It was just announced that Deena Metzger’s novel La Negra y Blanca is the 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award Winner for Fiction.
Maxine Hong Kingston (previous PEN Oakland award winner and author of China Men and The Woman Warrior) says, “Deena Metzger has used her skills as poet to understand the end of Victor Perera’s life. As we read La Negra y Blanca, the contemporary and the mythic, our selves and our ancestors, miraculously join.”
Ariel Dorfman (author of Death and the Maiden) says, “Many meetings weave in and out of this splendid, heartbreaking novel. Meetings of multiple Americas, meetings between the living and the dead, meetings where dreams and reality, history and pain, deception and hope, intersect. But above all, what we meet in La Negra y Blanca is a ravishing wager that words can still birth us into the puzzle of existence, that we can all be mothers to one another as the storm approaches.”
Ms. Metzger’s books include Feral; Ruin and Beauty; From Grief Into Vision; A Council; Doors: A fiction for Jazz Horn; The Other Hand; Tree: A Sabbath Among the Ruins; The Woman Who Slept With Men to Take the War Out of Them; and Writing For Your Life.